Monday, June 18, 2007

Login to CardCat

Logging in to CardCat means that you can now directly renew, recall/hold, and review items in your account without a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Ball State students, faculty, and staff can login using their OutLook usernames and passwords. Resident/affiliates, including alumni, must register for a resident/affiliate card (see below for more information).

Holds and Recalls

Look for the “Place a hold” link on the lefthand side of the screen when viewing an item you want (see image below). Just click on it, fill out the simple form, and you will then be notified when the item is available for you to pick up at the location you specified. Review the status of your hold/recall requests by going into "My Library Account."

Remember that some items like videos and course reserves may not have holds or recalls placed on them. If you need a video at a certain time, you can use the booking form. Course reserve loan periods are designed to be short enough that you will not have to wait very long before it is again available for circulation.

My Library Account

This feature lets you see what you have checked out, what you have on hold, and the status of those requests. You can also renew one or more of your items at once- if you have renewed an item online once already then you will need to bring it physically back in to a circulation point for further renewals.

Resident/Affiliate Users

Simply type in your card number and PIN to log in. This refers to anyone that is not currently a student, faculty, or staff at Ball State University. This includes BSU alumni and Indiana State residents (see the Guide for Residents for more information).

More questions?

The CardCat Login FAQ page may have the answers or, as always, you can call any circulation point (eg Architecture Library, Science-Health Science Library, Main Circulation, Educational Resources Collection, etc.) to have your questions answered.